A little bit of surprising information has come in regards to the recently announced Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader. It seems that the Nook will not be available for purchase and take home at every retail store, which considering Barnes & Noble has about 700 this could have been a huge advantage over other readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader.
Personally, it seems only logical that Barnes & Noble would have at least some Nook’s in stock and ready for those that want instant gratification. But that is not the case, instead it looks like only select locations will have them available to purchase and take home.
Instead the remaining retail locations will have a unit available for display that will allow those who are curious to check out the device. But assuming they want to make a purchase they will have to either go home and place and order or allow Barnes & Noble to place the order for you and have it shipped directly to your home.
Not that I think Barnes & Noble is listening to me, but I would imagine that I am not the only one that thinks it is strange that the Nook will not be available for purchase and take home at every retail location.
It seems that these early reports were not entirely accurate. According to a Barnes & Noble rep that reached out to me after this post, the Nook will be available in the Barnes & Noble retail stores.
“Barnes & Noble expects to have nook eBook readers in stock in the majority of its stores by the peak holiday season and plans to have nook devices in stock in all of its stores by early next year.”